How Much to Charge for Babysitting??

Updated on October 04, 2007
A.F. asks from Burnsville, MN
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A coworker of my husbands is in need of childcare for 2 days and asked if I was possibly available. She is asking me what I would charge but I'm not sure what to ask for. Her kids are 1 and 3 I believe. She is willing to let me watch them at my house or hers. I have a lot of childcare experience and am currently nannying part time. I make $12.50 an hour nannying but I feel like that may be too much since she is used to paying in-home daycare prices. I want to be reasonable, but I don't want to get nothing either. What would you charge in this situation?? Thanks :-)

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J.

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Don't sell yourself short! You are not responsible for your husband's coworker's financial situation or childcare needs. If she wants in-home daycare prices, she should use an in-home daycare. If she wants a nanny, she should pay nanny prices. Charge $12.50 per hour, and more if there is housecleaning. We pay our nanny and our babysitter $18.00 per hour for two children under 3. It is a stretch for us financially, but we want our kids to have a nanny who feels valued.

M.C.

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My old daycare lady charged $120 a week or $25 per day. It's hard to say. If you label it as babysitting I'd say $6-8 an hour total. You could do what the other posters mentioned and tell her you make $12.50 and that you are willing to go down to $10.00. It's up to you on how low you are willing to go to help out yet make side money.

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V.

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This is tough....If you babysit the kids at your home you should charge her less than you would charge to go to her home. Good luck!

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B.H.

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$8-$10 a hour prehaps.... Unless you know they can afford more.

Or put the ball in her court and ask what is the range she's looking at.

Or tell her you make $12.50 being a nanny and understand they probaly can't afford that but you are willing to go down some.

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K.G.

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A friend of mine in S. Minneapolis charges $25 per day per child. My licensed in-home daycare in S. Minneapolis charges $40 per day per child. Hope that helps.

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